Juan Martin del Potro '100% won't come back' to tennis unless he can compete against the best again, says his former coach.
Del Potro has seen his career absolutely decimated by injury since winning the US Open in 2009.
Severe wrist injuries followed, robbing him of what was arguably the best forehand in the entire game, and a recurring knee injury has followed later in his career.
He has not played since Queens 2019 and is currently recovering from his latest surgery with no comeback date in sight.
And, according to former coach Marcelo Gomez, there is a very good chance he won't play again.
"I'm 100% sure he will not return if he feels he can't compete against the rivals from the top," Gomez said.
"I still see him as a boy who enjoys playing tennis; I hope he can make another push and start all over."
It would be a sad end for a player who Gomez believes would have been fighting Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for tennis history had he been given the chance.
"When Juan Martin was ten, I knew he had the potential to be a top-10 player," Gomez added.
"To join the elite group, every element of your game has to be on a high level, and Juan Martin had that in line.
"If there were no injuries, he would have been fighting for the ATP throne with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
"That was his second goal after winning a Major, which he achieved at the US Open 2009.
"His previous returns were unmatched; they were remarkable, and other players were coming to me to ask how he did that."
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